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Nitecore EC1 w/ XP-G R5
on January 10, 2013
This flashlight is designed for "everyday carry" and it excels in that capacity. It will run on one CR123 or a rechargeable version (make sure that you get a "protected" rechargeable 16340). The flashlight has a red led emitter that flashes every couple of seconds, so if you drop it while camping or whatever, you will likely be able to locate it in the dark. Unbeknownst to the 2 star reviewer, if you turn the battery case tube 1/4 turn, the light still functions the same, but it turns off the red emitter (it will not flash every couple seconds, but works the same). You can use it with the red emitter on at night, so that your night vision isn't effected.
It has four brightness levels which are operated by the top switch (no hassle with twisty heads). When you put it on a level and use the back switch, it will remember that level when you turn the light off and back on (you won't have to cycle through the levels). It has an 'o' ring seal, so it won't take on water in a downpour. Some other features of note; it uses a spring, so that off size batteries work (rechargeables often vary slightly in size), the diagonal knurling on the grip is really nice, and it uses an LED, which won't burn out for about 20 years. However, the outstanding feature is that it has a double looped clip, which is screwed to the body, as opposed to a single direction clip or one that is clipped to the body). I can place the flashlight on something facing forwards or backwards with this clip. For example, I can put it on the bill of my ball cap and it functions like a very bright headlamp!